idea behind 'Voices on the Railings' is to provide an open,
impartial forum for discussion, and to foster public awareness of
the international situation.
tying messages onto the railings, people can express their thoughts
and concerns about the Iraq crisis.
has been a fantastic response so far. On the first day over 100
messages were written by members of the public and there are now
over 500 messages covering four sections of the railings of Great
City councillors have written labels, and Anne Campbell, MP for
Cambridge, has given permission for her resignation statement to
be added to the railings. Others simply stop and read, take photos,
or discuss their views with passers-by.
| 'Voices on the Railings' is neither specifically
pro- or anti-war, it simply provides an open forum for people
to express their concerns about the international situation.
Rosie Vaughan said "'Voices on the Railings' is giving people the
chance to express their views on Iraq in a lively and unusual way.
The display is colourful and eye-catching, with hundreds of labels
fluttering in the breeze. Many thought provoking messages have been
posted - the idea has clearly caught people's imagination!"
messages on the railings
also emphasizes the fact that "'Voices on the Railings' is
neither specifically pro- or anti-war, it simply provides an open
forum for people to express their concerns about the international
situation. A wide spectrum of views are displayed on the labels,
both for and against war; however the majority of messages express
a desire for a peaceful solution. It gives a voice to people who
feel their views are not being represented at higher levels."
In spite of Rosie's assurances, someone chose to pull down around
100 of the messages over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd March. "We're
not sure if this was a random drunken act, or done on purpose by
someone who misread it as a specifically anti-war protest, or sees
it as being disloyal to the troops (though many labels indicate
respect and support for them)," says Rosie, adding: "On
the whole people have been very respectful of each other's views."
on the Railings' is taking place on Great St Mary's Railings, on
Kings Parade, from 8th March until 8th April. The idea was inspired
by the website www.ontherailings.org.uk
and is currently taking place in several towns and cities across
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